All-Time NFL Players From Louisiana: Bobby Duhon
A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.
All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.
Yesterday, we profiled Opelousas native Tony Guillory.
Today, we spotlight Bobby Duhon.
Born on September 24, 1946 in Abbeville, Duhon attended Abbeville High School, where he lettered in four different sports.
Following high school, Duhon went to college at Tulane, where he was a multi-sport star as well, excelling in both football and baseball.
In football, as a quarterback, Duhon became the first Tulane player to post 1,000 total yards in three consecutive seasons, while becoming Tulane's single-season and career total yardage leader.
In baseball, Duhon lettered for the Green Wave baseball team in 1966 and 1967, hitting a 329 as the everyday first baseman as a freshman, before switching to pitcher as a sophomore, leading the team with a 2.82 ERA.
Following his sophomore year, Duhon played only football, and was tabbed honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press in 1966, after finishing the year with the second-most rushing yards of any quarterback in the nation.
Showing his versatility, Duhon was named a 1967 Preseason All-American as a defensive back.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Duhon was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1968 NFL Draft.
The Giants decided to play Duhon at running back.
Wearing #28, Duhon rushed for 363 yards and three touchdowns, while catching 37 passes for another 373 yards and another score as a rookie, before missing the entire 1969 season with a knee injury.
Returning to action in 1970, Duhon rushed for 11 yards, before tallying 344 rush yards, to go along with 266 receiving yards in 1971.
Following the 1972 season, and two more knee surgeries, Duhon retired.
In parts of four NFL seasons, Duhon rushed for 840 yards and 4 touchdowns, while compiling another 717 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Following his playing career, Duhon remained in New York, where he worked on Wall Street for over 30 years, before moving to Atlanta, where he ran Peachtree Advisors, his won own money management company.
Today, Duhon is 70-years old.